I will point out, yet again, that most people do not like the Missal of 1970, especially
those who claim to be it's ardent supporters. Witness how many
self-described "Vatican II" priests (note: I am a Vatican II priest, but
they would shudder at the thought, as well as my cassock) cannot abide the Mass of Paul VI as it is,
but rather must tinker, adapt, adjust, omit and re-arrange? The prayers
aren't right, so they have to be re-arranged; the Gloria cannot stand
alone, they must overlay it with a sprinkling rite. The proper
antiphons prompt a reaction akin to garlic for a vampire. Using Latin
texts for the ordinary parts, as called for by (a) Vatican II, (b) Pope
St. Paul VI, (c) Pope St. John Paul II, (d) the U.S. bishops?
UNTHINKABLE! Instead, let's "improve" the 1970 Missal with processions
of athletic trophies arranged before that table up there -- what's that
for? (i.e., the altar of sacrifice), let's take the tablecloth and
candles off the table and have the kids dress it at a certain point, and
let's have the sign of peace be "improved" by handing out roses or
whatever... Oh, and let's have people stand around that table, that'll
really make it work better, too...
There aren't many who actually like the 1970 Missal as it is. Oh, some exist, but not many.
Father Fox is right but it also occurs on the right. When I look at the 1970 Missal, I try to see how it could resemble the older Missal better. Let's have ad orientem, let's kneel for Holy Communion, let's chant.
But the greatest problem with the Ordinary Form is that so many of those who are faithful to it don't really believe what the Church teaches about the Real Presence or the purpose of the Mass as a glorified experience of the One Sacrifice of Christ in an "unbloody way."
Why is that? No one seems to want to connect the dots.....
And this tinkering also as to do with sanctuaries. Take a look at this:
This look is so common today for Catholic sanctuaries. Yet it is blah. It looks like a stage. And even the decorator thought it needs help with a statue of Mary stuck to the side and an image of the Divine Mercy stuck further back.
I look at it and say, what if we added an altar railing, the altar is pushed back and elevated three steps and the priest's chair is to the side and there is the Benedictine altar arrangement.